The movement of teaching kids to code is gaining momentum.
It isn’t unusual to see toddlers walking around with their iPod or other small computer intently playing games. It seems that the future has arrived and it includes plenty of computer programs.
If you have thought about teaching kids to code, here are compelling reasons to begin.
1. Computer coding develops thinking skills. In fact, computers are based upon how we think and writing a program creates the opportunity for small children to uncover hidden thought processes. An early introduction to logic’s simple rules creates more reading comprehension down the road. Educational researchers have found that children who think about thinking tend to do better in school.
2. Computer interfaces have changed and coding allows young children to release their creativity. Animated cartoons and talking robots are already here. Can you imagine what the next wave of computer engineers will create? Check out some of the free software that is already available for teaching kids to code and encourage them to share their programs with you when they are done.
3. Much like the move to gain literacy in reading and writing at the turn of the 20th century, computer literacy is essential for children born in the 21st. Computers are here to stay and those who don’t learn will be confined to lower paying jobs and dull futures. Even the artistic are using computers as a medium so it truly is a skill that will be needed by everyone. Learning how to code at an early age makes sense since it will become a second language for them.
4. New educational programs available on the web actually make learning how to code fun. They combine coding with other skills to create an integrated program of learning. Children can teach themselves additional skills while having fun with the computer. Learning how to program computers can stretch a child’s imagination to the limit.
5. As the world’s problems get more complex, we require computer generated statistics and graphs to help make sense of it. A child who learns how to program at an earlier age will be able to understand the output. More understanding leads to better informed adults and hopefully, more responsible decision making. We educate our children to prepare them for the future and teaching kids to code makes sense since computers will be around for a very long time.
6. The ability to code increases a child’s self-confidence. Being able to solve a real world problem inspires them to continue to learn and trust their abilities. Most children are eager to share what they have accomplished and a computer program is a solid example of success. Parents have a unique opportunity to work with their children and help boost their confidence.
Currently, most schools don’t support classroom opportunities for teaching kids to code. It is up to dedicated parents to find resources online. Many people think that this should change and it should be introduced into our educational system along with the traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic classes.